Lux has redesigned soap with a visible lump on it to alert women about the importance of breast examination. This distinctive bar of soap dissolves over time but the lump does not. Unilever and Wunderman Thompson collaborated with technical experts, designers, soap manufactures and a leading cancer oncologist to design the first-ever soap that uses touch to help alert women to be on the lookout for signs of anything irregular.
Checking breasts is very important and is one of the first steps towards creating breast cancer awareness. ‘The Soap with a Lump’ is a product innovation that encourages women to examine their breasts for any abnormality while in the shower.
This initiative was presented at a breast cancer screening camp conducted by the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) in Vasai, Maharashtra. Women of different age groups were given the soap along with a leaflet that educated them on the importance of breast awareness. Future plans include collaboration with the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) in spreading awareness and education among women in India.
Samir Singh, Executive Vice-President, Global Skin Cleansing, Unilever, said, “This initiative is personal. Everything about it and the people involved in bringing it to life — across Unilever/Lux, Wunderman Thompson and the Indian Cancer Society is personal and done with the sole objective of increasing awareness about breast cancer. The moment of the shower is a quiet, private and reflective moment. A moment where we want to encourage women to think about beauty holistically and what that entails not just for their appearance but also for their health — by helping them do a quick check for early signs of breast cancer, a disease whose cure is contingent on early detection. That’s the power of a humble bar of soap, that’s the power of creative thinking integrated into a business with purpose. We feel very strongly about this innovation and its potential to have a lasting impact!”
Tista Sen, Regional Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson, South Asia, said, “A human truth is what drives a simple idea, and this is amply evident in the Soap with a Lump. Women are alone in the shower when they are bathing, and this is an ideal moment to alert her to check her breasts for any abnormality. Breast cancer when detected early can help save a life. And the soap you use to bathe can help. Beauty is not one dimensional but embraces everything that encourages a woman to take charge of her life and her body. And it is this belief that encourages Lux to start a conversation that originates in the shower but eventually becomes a rallying cry for women across the world.”
Team: Samir Singh, Kavita Nalawade, Shabad Pratihast, Carina Chopra
Agency: Wunderman Thompson Mumbai
Creative: Tista Sen, Ashish Pathak, Simone Patrick, Aindrila Chatterjee, Chandni Kapoor,
Account Management: Kishore Tadepalli, Sana Patel